Tooth-colored fillings are the popular choice today when you need a cavity filled. But what if you have old amalgam fillings?
With the concerns about mercury in amalgam fillings as well as the unattractive appearance of these metal fillings, many of our patients wonder if they should replace their amalgam ones with tooth-colored composite fillings.
In some cases, such as when an amalgam filling is showing signs of failing, there is no question that the filling should be replaced. But, if the filling is stable, then the answer may come down to personal preference.
Cosmetic dentist Timothy S. Messer, with offices in Memphis, can explain the benefits of tooth-colored fillings as well as examine your amalgam fillings for signs of failure. Unstable fillings give decay a foothold so they should be replaced. This would be an ideal time to swap out amalgam fillings with more attractive tooth-colored ones. However, if your tooth is now suffering from advanced decay, Dr. Messer can recommend a more appropriate restoration, such as porcelain crowns.
However, if your amalgam fillings are still doing their job, you should discuss the pros and cons of removing them with your dentist. Dr. Messer can assess your teeth and explain the condition of your fillings so that you can make an informed choice.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recommend removing metal fillings unless it is necessary because the process can cause more harm to the tooth. However, if your fillings are old, it may be an opportune time to replace them with composite fillings.
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If you are concerned about metal fillings, you should consult a dentist to determine what condition they are in. This will help you weigh the benefits of replacing them with tooth-colored fillings. Please call today if you would like guidance.
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